Bottle Bill Resource Guide

Name  Beverage Container Regulation under the Environment Act
Date Implemented Enacted in 1991, Implemented in 1992 (last updated in 2009) [1]
Beverages Covered
  • Milk and milk substitutes
  • Juice
  • Carbonated soft drinks
  • Water
  • Coffee and tea
  • Drinkable yogurt
  • Alcoholic beverages
Beverages Not Covered
  • Canned coconut milk
  • Canned condensed/evaporated milk
  • Canned whipping cream
  • Powdered drink crystals
  • Juice concentrates
  • Liquid meal replacement
  • Infant formula
  • All drinks in containers <30mL
Amount of Deposit

When purchasing beverages, the consumer pays a deposit, which includes a refundable portion and a nonrefundable Recycling Fund Fee (RFF). The first listed value is the total deposit, while the second listed value is the refundable portion, which the consumer receives when they return a container. [2]

Containers ≥750mL: CAD$0.35 / CAD$0.25

Containers between 30mL and 750mL: CAD$0.10 / CAD$0.05 

Milk and milk substitutes (≥30mL): CAD$0.10 / CAD$0.05

Reclamation System Return-to-depot 
Handling Fee CAD$0.025 – CAD$0.075
Other Fees

Processing Fee (PF): .012-.048 c  (Paid to processing facilities for each container received)

Unredeemed Deposits Retained by the Government (Territory)
Program Success

2016 Total Return Rate: 82.3% [3]

Complementary Recycling Programs

Recycling Fund Regulation (enacted 30 Sep 1992, enacted Environment Act)


The beverage container regulation was enacted on October 8, 1992 by the Environment Act.[4] The regulations are enforced by Environment Yukon, while the Yukon Department of Community Services manages the program itself. Both of these government entities, unlike other schemes which are operated by non-profit organizations. [5]

Surcharges are applied to beverage containers upon import or manufacture in Yukon. The importer or manufacturer pays the surcharge to the territory's Recycling Fund, a revolving fund separate from general government revenue, and charges it back to their customer. Consumers receive the refundable portion of the surcharge back when they return the container to any registered Yukon depot. Unredeemed deposits also go back to this recycling fund. [6]

Surcharges that are not paid out for returned containers is used to support related recycling activities. Recycling depots receive handling fees per container and also receive a monthly operating allowance. Both registered processors receive a processing fee for each container received from a community depot in addition to handling fees generated by their own depot operations. Depots and processors can apply to the Recycling Fund for grants to improve their facilities and for projects intended to improve recycling opportunities for Yukoners.

Surplus funds are also used to promote recycling. Yukon Community Government Services developed a program aimed at encouraging recycling habits in Yukon children from 4 – 16 years called the Recycling Club, which is managed by Raven Recycling. In addition to receiving their full refund, kids can earn a point for each penny of their refund. Points are accumulated in accounts tracked by a database and can be used toward prizes offered in a Recycling Club catalogue. Prize certificates are printed and are redeemable for specific items at local suppliers. [7]

Freight fees are paid to depot operators who ship the recyclables themselves or are paid to a commercial company providing a freight service.

Beverage Container Regulation (last updated in 2016) under Environmental Act

Beverage Container Description


Refundable Deposit

Milk (any size)


Beverages other than milk < 750mL


Beverages other than milk ≥ 750mL



Beverage containers are returned for refund to 15 registered recycling depots in Yukon, three of which are located in the capital, Whitehorse. [8] Containers are processed then shipped to one of two processors in Whitehorse for processing: Raven Recycling and P&M Recycling (these are also registered return points). Processors take ownership of the materials and are responsible for their sale to material brokers and recyclers.


[1] "Global Deposit Book 2020: An Overview of Deposit Systems for One-Way Beverage Containers." Reloop Inc. 15 December 2020.

[2] Ibid.

[3] Ibid.

[4] O.I.C. 1992/136.

[5] "Who Pays What 2020: An Analysis of Beverage Container Collection & Costs in Canada." CM Consulting Inc. 11 February 2021.

[6] Ibid.

[7] "YUKON RECYCLING CLUB INFORMATION." Raven Recycling. Last accessed 9 March 2021.

[8] "What can I recycle and where?" Government of Yukon. Last accessed 9 March 2021.


Last Updated on 9 March 2021.

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